FSF Releases New Draft of LGPLv3

By Steven Vaughan-Nichols  |  Posted 2007-04-03 Print this article Print

The FSF has just released a draft version of the GPL's little brother, the Lesser GPL Version 3. (Linux-Watch)

On the heels of releasing the latest draft of the GPLv3 (General Public License version 3), the Free Software Foundation on April 3 released a new draft of the LGPLv3. The LGPL was first released as Version 2.1 in February of 1999. It was the follow-up license to the GNU Library General Public License 2.0. Under its old name, the FSF (Free Software Foundation) felt that the license was too often used inappropriately.
The key difference between the GPL and LGPL licenses is that software or a library under the LGPL can be "linked to" or "used by" either a GPL-licensed or a proprietary program.
Click here to read about the latest draft of the GPLv3. This program can then be distributed to users without worrying with the GPLs requirements that the LGPL-licensed part of the code be freely available to other developers. The code that is not covered by the LGPL, however, doesnt need to be shared. Read the full story on Linux-Watch: FSF Releases New Draft of LGPLv3 Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest open-source news, reviews and analysis.
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols is editor at large for Ziff Davis Enterprise. Prior to becoming a technology journalist, Vaughan-Nichols worked at NASA and the Department of Defense on numerous major technological projects. Since then, he's focused on covering the technology and business issues that make a real difference to the people in the industry.

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